Securities Financing Transaction
Securities Financing Transaction Regulation.
SFTs allow market participants to access secured funding by using their own assets to finance themselves.
This involves the temporary exchange of assets as collateral for a funding transaction.
An example of an SFT is a repurchase agreement.
For the purposes of the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR), SFTs can be used to describe any transaction where securities are used to borrow cash, or offered as collateral for cash deposits.
It does not include derivative contracts, which are covered by the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), but it does cover liquidity swaps and collateral swaps (which are outside of EMIR reporting).